DoD on the Hill

Senate committee approves FY2017 Coast Guard funding

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) approved FY2017 appropriations for the Coast Guard, which are included in the FY2017 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.  The SAC approved the FY2017 Homeland Security Appropriations bill 30-0. The SAC approved $8.7 billion in discretionary appropriations (to be appropriated by Congress) for the Coast Guard, $129 million [...]

FY2017 DoD Appropriations bill cleared by Senate panel

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) approved the FY2017 Department of Defense Appropriations bill by a vote of 30-0. SAC Chairman Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) said the bill “has broad bipartisan support” and “sustains a strong U.S. force structure, and it makes significant investments in readiness, shipbuilding programs, aircraft procurement, and missile defense.” The [...]

Pushing an aggressive appropriations schedule, the Senate passes the FY2017 Transportation/HUD and Military Construction/VA spending bills

The Senate continues its aggressive effort to move FY2017 appropriations bills to completion.  Last week the Senate passed the second and third appropriations bills for FY2017:  Transportation/HUD bill and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA).  The two bills were combined in a single bill and passed the Senate by a significant majority, 89-8.  The Senate passed its [...]

House passes FY2017 Defense Authorization bill after White House veto threat

Yesterday, the House passed its version of the FY2017 Defense Authorization bill, (H.R.4909) 277-147.  In the final vote, 40 Democrats joined 237 Republicans in the affirmative, while only five Republicans along with 142 Democrats voted against passage,  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said the bill protects U.S. national security by “beginning [...]

House Appropriations committee approves FY2017 DoD spending bill

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) approved the FY2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations bill. The HAC bill would provide $517 billion for the DoD base budget (excluding military construction). Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) said the bill “provides the resources needed to keep our military trained and well equipped, to ensure success in [...]

Senate committee approves the FY2017 Defense Authorization bill with major organizational and acquisition reforms

Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved (23-3) its version of the FY2017 Defense Authorization bill. The bill authorizes force levels, programs, and policies (including military pay raises) for DoD budgets and the programs and policies for the Department of Energy (DoE) nuclear weapons program.  Appropriations bills provide actual funding. SASC Chair Sen, John [...]

House committee approves FY2017 Defense Authorization bill with more base budget funds and a 2.1 percent military pay raise

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) today approved (60-2) the FY2017 Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 4909). The HASC bill authorizes $543.4 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Energy (DoE) nuclear weapons program. The authorized amount for the base DoD budget would be $523.6 billion, essentially the same as the president's request. HASC [...]

House Armed Services Committee set to mark up FY2017 Defense Authorization bill

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will begin to mark up the FY2017 Defense Authorization bill on Wednesday, April 20. The HASC markup schedule calls for three subcommittees to mark up on Wednesday April 20: the Military Personnel Subcommittee (11:30 AM); the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee (1:30 PM) and the Seapower and Projection [...]

Proposed FY2017 House Budget Resolution would cut the deficit by $7 trillion, but increase defense spending

The budget resolution reported out by the House Budget Committee (HBC) on a 20-16 vote would cut the federal deficit by almost $7 trillion over the next 10 years and reach a balanced budget in FY2026, according to the committee. HBC Chairman Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) said the plan would balance the budget through commonsense reforms [...]

House appropriations subcommittee approves FY2017 Military Construction spending bill

Last week, the House Appropriations Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (HAC-MilCon/VA) approved FY2017 funding for Military Construction (included in the total Department of Defense (DoD) budget request) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill now goes to the full appropriations committee for consideration. The MilCon/VA bill is the first FY2017 appropriations bill to advance in [...]